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The Producers (Widescreen Edition)

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Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return to their award-winning roles in the hilariously funny film of the record-breaking Broadway smash-hit. Scheming producer Max Bialystock (Lane) and his mousy accountant, Leo Bloom (Broderick), discover that under the right circumstances they could make more money by producing a Broadway flop than they can with a hit. But what will they do when their sure-to-offend musical becomes a surprise sensation? Co-starring sexy Uma Thurman and comedy genius Will Ferrell, The Producers is a fun-filled, side-splitting comedy.

Additional Features

The highlight of the DVD is Nathan Lane's complete performance of "The King of Broadway," one of eight scenes offered here that were cut from the film. Most of the others are extensions and reprises of musical numbers, but there's not a lemon in the bunch. Also on the DVD are 15 minutes of outtakes that aren't quite as funny as one would imagine, and a 16-minute examination of the "I Wanna Be a Producer" number, including how the scene was reworked for the movie and the costumes of the "beautiful girls wearing nothing but pearls." Director-choreographer Susan Stroman's commentary track sounds scripted, but offers good information like explaining Mel Brooks's inside jokes and pointing out the Broadway actors who played bit parts. --David Horiuchi

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Analysis of a Scene: "I Wanna Be a Producer"
  • Feature Commentary with Director Susan Stroman

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell, Gary Beach
    • Directors: Susan Stroman
    • Writers: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan
    • Producers: Mel Brooks, Jonathan Sanger
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
    • Dubbed: French
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
    • Run Time: 135 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (359 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000EWBKMG
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,754 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "The Producers (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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    31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Cowboy Buddha on May 7, 2006
    Format: DVD
    I remember seeing the original film of The Producers in a virtually deserted theatre and loving it. I still think it is one of Mel Brooks' best films. So I was a bit apprehensive when I heard it was being turned into a Broadway musical and then that musical was being made into a film. But, on the whole, I have to admit to enjoying it much more than I thought I would.

    Much of the credit must go to Susan Stroman's stagey and somewhat campy direction, which suits the material perfectly. Even more credit belongs to the incredible Nathan Lane for managing to equal Zero Mostel's original Max Bialystock and even, once or twice, surpassing it. He is, quite rightly, the heart and soul, of the film. The rest of the cast is not bad either. Uma Thurman is a pleasant surprise, the double act of Gary Beach and Roger Bart are pure politically-incorrect joy, and even Will Farrell is good. Which leaves Matthew Broderick. He certainly comes to life when singing and dancing, much more so than I would have expected. But his characterisation of Leo Bloom seems just a bit too bland. I know Leo is supposed to a personality-deficient accountant, but I really miss Gene Wilder's manic edge. With Broderick, there's not even a hint in the eyes that he really needs that blue blanket.

    It was fun spotting all the lines of dialogue from the original and seeing how the story and characters were altered (I could understand LSD not fitting into the new concept but the playing of Hitler first by Hans, then by DeBris seemed a tad awkward). But, this being a musical version, the show is going to rise or fall on its musical numbers. In general, the staging was clever and often laugh out loud funny. The songs, it must be said, are not the most memorable ever heard on Broadway.
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    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Ventimiglia on March 22, 2006
    Format: DVD
    A fantastic film, made less than it could have been by the studio's inability to keep everything intact.

    Now with this DVD version, it seems that everyone will have a chance to see the film version of Nathan Lane's "King of Broadway", one of the best songs in the stage production - which for some reason, was not included in the theatrical release. We also get the short "In Old Bavaria", also cut from the theatrical release. However, omitted completely from the movie is the hilarious "Where Did We Go Right?" - disappointing, as it's the only song in the musical that won't ever be seen on film (and it's a great song, too!)

    Even though I'm of the opnion that Mel Brooks himself would have done a better job with the camera work; Susan Stroman does her best to direct the film, and brings a flavor of old 1970's movie musicals to the entire production (whether it was intentional or not.)

    Be forewarned: After listening to the original broadway cast recording (which receives my highest possible recommendation), you will wish they kept the original Franz [Brad Oscar] and Ulla [Cady Huffman] - their voices are very strong and it's hard to accept Will Farrell or Uma Thurman in those roles if you've been, even slightly, exposed to the original cast (especially Cady Huffman - who truly makes Ulla "belt" the song "If You've Got It, Flaunt It").

    All compromises aside, this is one heck of a movie musical which brightly shines the spotlight on the performance abilities of Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. You can easily see why they will always be the definitive stage versions of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom.
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    32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL ACUNA on January 3, 2006
    Format: DVD
    Loud, Crass, Dopey, Sleazy, Tuney, Beautifully produced and Acted and Supremely Not PC, Susan Stroman's "The Producers" comes at you like gang busters on speed.

    The Singer/Actors here are/will always be identified with these parts as they have been on the Stage for the last several years: Nathan Lane as Max Bialystok, Matthew Broderick as Leo Bloom and now Uma Thurman as blond bombshell, Ulla.

    The story is pretty simple: Max, Broadway producer down on his luck comes upon the idea via his accountant Leo, to produce a show that will without any doubt fail; thereby, through larceny and/or accounting tricks, make both Max and Leo a lot of money. Make sense? Not much but who cares: it's in the telling that "The Producers" is so much fun.

    Both Lane and Broderick chew the scenery within and inch of its life and most of the musical numbers are fantastically staged outdoors to great advantage: the investor ladies with walkers scene is a hoot as well as Leo's number with his fellow accountants as is the opening scene from the show that Max and Leo produce: "Springtime for Hitler."

    "The Producers" will not teach you anything except maybe not to listen to your accountant nor will you leave the theater with any profound thoughts...but you will leave happy and positive...and those are not bad things, not bad things at all.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roswitha Bihn on January 13, 2006
    Format: DVD
    I saw the producers twice on the big screen and I plan to see it again and again!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Director Susan Stroman knows how to put a smile on your face and to make people laugh!!!!!!!!! This is a laugh out loud comedy that will always be a masterpiece of sheer comedy!!!!!!!!!!!
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    63 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Klein on January 10, 2006
    Format: DVD
    I was thrilled when I found out Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane would reprise their Broadway performances for the big screen. When you live 1,000 miles from New York, you often rely on the movies to bring you these little gems. And a gem this is. The most fun-filled, laugh out loud funny musical comedy of the year delights mainly due to the outstanding performances of Lane and Broderick.

    The story is as old as 1968 when Mel Brooks gifted us with the original movie. The accountant who inadvertently gives the Broadway producer the tip of a lifetime----produce the worst play of all time and pocket the backing-is a singing, dancing romp that leaves you feeling you have seen the best of Broadway at the movies. No one but Nathan Lane could ever bring all the sleaze of Max Bialystock to life with such hilarity; no one but Matthew Broderick could make the nerdy Leo Bloom so enchanting: and no one but Uma Thurman could convince us such a stunningly seductive woman could fall for either.

    Will Ferrell shines as the playwright enamored with Hitler and thrilled to bring his "Springtime for Hitler" to the stage in one of the movie's best production numbers, the other being the sex-starved old ladies dancing desperately with their walkers.

    Bawdy writing by Mel Brooks and the inimitable mugging of Lane and Broderick make this a must-see for fans of musicals.
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    I still don't get why a flop is the best choice
    That is the whole point of the film. Bloom explains it. If Bialystock raises $2 million more than necessary to produce a play and the play flops in one night, then he can keep the rest, because the IRS isn't interested in a play that flopped, and they wont have to pay the hundreds of backers... Read More
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